Star-Shaped Tile

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This eight-pointed star tile was once part of a panel of star- and cross-shaped tiles adorning the walls of an Ilkhanid building. Probably produced in the ceramic center of Kashan in Central Iran, it displays many characteristics typical of tiles found at this site. Surrounded by two full quatrains of poetry and part of a third, the tile’s abstract decoration extends into each point of the star, occupying all available space. Luster was applied after the first firing of blue, turquoise, and white glazes.

Star-Shaped Tile, Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue and turquoise and luster-painted on opaque white glaze

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